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Tick Talk — Let’s talk about things that tick. And the things that make me tick. It’s not always about watches, but I am a watchmaker so lots of it centers around watches and watchmaking.


My name is Jordan Ficklin and I am a watchmaker. I often get asked how I became a watchmaker. At age 33 I am exceptionally young for watchmakers these days. The average age of watchmakers in the U.S.A. today is about 46, but many are well over 60. I believe, most are ready to retire and a few youngsters are filling the gap, but not enough.

I fix watches because it’s fun! Keep reading to find out more about me and how I became a watchmaker, and what life is like as a watchmaker.

I graduated from the Lititz Watch Technicum in 2006, competing the 3000 hour WOSTEP coursework and the additional LWT Coursework. I am an AWCI CW21 (Certified Watchmaker for the 21st Century), a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and a member of the board of directors of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute. I am the head watchmaker at Beauchamp Jewelers in Albuquerque, NM and I repair watches Monday-Friday.

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